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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Wise Bauer Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781400184934
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From the schism between Rome and Constantinople to the rise of the T'ang Dynasty, from the birth of Muhammad to the crowning of Charlemagne, this erudite book tells the fascinating, often violent story of kings, generals, and the peoples they ruled. In her earlier work, The History of the Ancient World, Susan Wise Bauer wrote of the rise of kingship based on might. But in the years between the fourth and the twelfth centuries, rulers had to find new justification for their power, and they turned to divine truth or grace to justify political and military action. Right thus replaces might as the engine of empire. Not just Christianity and Islam but the religions of the Persians and the Germans, and even Buddhism, are pressed into the service of the state. This phenomenon-stretching from the Americas all the way to Japan-changes religion, but it also changes the state. Download and start listening now!

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  • [A] witty and well-written examination of world history...that is rich in detail and intriguing in anecdotal information. Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clint | 2/16/2014

    " History repeating itself again and again... well told! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lachinchon | 2/14/2014

    " Rate this 3 1/2 stars. Given its global and near millennial scope, it has to be somewhat superficial, which is not a criticism but an observation. Do not read this for an in-depth account of a more parochial event, person, or people. I found it helpful to put in chronological context the near- and far Eastern empires with the more familiar European and Byzantine histories. I also appreciated the plentiful maps. The two chapters on North and MezoAmerican cultures were basically throwaways, and unless I missed a paragraph or two, the Incas didn't make the cut. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yahaira | 2/8/2014

    " I'll have to keep going back to this book. I wasn't able to finish it. What I did read, I loved! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 1/29/2014

    " I've been waiting for this book to come out for 2 years. I loved the first one in the series. This one didn't let me down and may even be better than Vol. 1. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Jaloza | 1/27/2014

    " Very in depth look at the entire world during the early medieval period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clay Yearsley | 1/22/2014

    " This is a very approachable and readable history of the Medieval world. I enjoyed the author's method greatly. Each chapter is a mini-essay that can stand alone, including at least one map and a timeline at the end to put the chapter in historical perspective. While I was pretty familiar with much of the European history, I learned a good bit from each chapter - the author fleshes out the notable people of the era. This is a history of the entire world, and I thought the chapters on areas outside of Europe really shined. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Medieval history, or history in general. I really wish my text books would have been this entertaining! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Franz | 1/20/2014

    " Well done, very ambitious achievement. Truely a world-wide history of the period. The timeline charts are a brilliant and almost indispenable addition for a period so little understood. Well balanced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/20/2014

    " Really good book. Packed with tons of information about the heads of the political worlds of Europe, India, the middle east, North Africa, and East Asia (and a little on the Americas as well). Note: As the title says, the book spans only the early middle ages and a little of the high middle ages. In other words, the book basically spans from the decline/collapse of Rome to the First Crusade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay Perkins | 1/15/2014

    " Good survey of the Medieval world (covers the east as well as Western Civ). The pace is very quick however, and it is easy to get lost in the sea of names. Well written and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett Green | 1/11/2014

    " Sweeping history of medieval times... Including historic details of China, Japan, Korea and India that I found quite lacking in other histories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 12/30/2013

    " Not quite as fun as the previous one, but that might be the nature of this period of history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah Simmons | 12/19/2013

    " Fantastic! Lovin' it. Written by a very intelligent homeschooler who knows her stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amal | 12/5/2013

    " This probably took me longer to finish than it should have but it was an overall good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 10/11/2013

    " A decent overview of the overall time period, though if you want more detail on a specific time or place, you should definitely look for a book that specializes in that period/location. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Tucker | 8/28/2013

    " Sweeping in scope, yet immanently readable for both academic and neophyte. From Japan and the Pacific islands, to the cultures of Meso-America, Bauer weaves a coherent tapesty that reminds us that all that was Medieval was not exclusively confined to Europe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jbondandrews | 2/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed Susan Wise Bauer's book. Even though I am very familiar with the Medieval World, Susan wrote in such a way that I enjoyed rereading that particular time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby Relue | 9/10/2012

    " A popular-but-thorough history of the middle ages. I like the format, with bite-sized chapters that don't put me to sleep and aren't bogged down with endless proper names and places. Looking forward to Susan Wise Bauer's next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Monrad | 8/31/2012

    " Breathless pace on nearly every continent, something like history in the Bible - battles and inheritance. Useful time-lines of all the cultures at the end of each chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Rothman | 7/14/2011

    " Amazing narative, clear, concise, and global of the major events during this long span of our history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 6/13/2011

    " Very good overall picture "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/30/2011

    " A very good overview of the early medieval period. The book covers European, Chinese, Indian, and Islamic civilizations in this period. Much of the material in this book was completely new to me, but I found it interesting overall, and the writer has a very engaging style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gilbert Gonzales | 5/16/2011

    " Excellent global survey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Fergus | 2/12/2011

    " An interesting and engaging survey of the Medieval world focusing on the major battles, rulers, and religions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Franz | 2/5/2011

    " Well done, very ambitious achievement. Truely a world-wide history of the period. The timeline charts are a brilliant and almost indispenable addition for a period so little understood. Well balanced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 1/13/2011

    " Breathless pace on nearly every continent, something like history in the Bible - battles and inheritance. Useful time-lines of all the cultures at the end of each chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 5/1/2010

    " Giving this one a second read...seeing as how it deserves it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 1/28/2010

    " I've been waiting for this book to come out for 2 years. I loved the first one in the series. This one didn't let me down and may even be better than Vol. 1. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Wise Bauer

Susan Wise Bauer is the bestselling author of the Story of the World series for elementary students, The Well-Educated Mind, and The History of the Ancient World and coauthor of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home. She is a faculty member in English at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she teaches writing and literature.

About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.